Episode 17: How to Get Students to Come to Class Prepared
Description: In episode 17 of the Lecture Breakers podcast, I share 10 strategies you can use to get students to come to class prepared. You can use these strategies to get students to read, watch a video, or complete the pre-class work so they are ready and prepared to participate.
When you break up your lectures and integrate more active learning strategies into your courses, students need to understand the responsibility they have in contributing to the learning environment.
In this episode, I share why they might be coming to class unprepared and what you can do to help your students see the value of both the pre-class work and the active learning model.
"If you teach using any student-centered, active learning model, you will face the challenge of unprepared students."
"You can have the most effective lesson plan, the most creative learning activity, and the most innovative technology to illustrate your points and course content, but if your students aren't prepared, then it defeats the whole purpose of this active, student-centered environment."
"Just as you are learning how to teach this way, your students are learning how to learn this way."
- Download the free whitepaper: 10 Strategies to Encourage Students to Do the Pre-Class Work
- Read the blog post: Embed Big Questions
- Listen to episode 4 with Drs. Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent
- Read more about student resistance, the stages of grief, and active learning in this article by Dr. Richard Felder.
- Read my blog post about student resistance in the flipped classroom which features the work by Dr. Richard Felder.
- Read more about "The Curse of Knowledge"
- Learn more about the Give One/Get One strategy to encourage students to read (with free worksheet).
- Read my blog post: 3 Ways to Engage Students in the First 5 Minutes of Class
- Get the book! FLIP the First 5 Minutes of Class (available as an e-book or in printed hard copy format)
- Learn more about classroom assessment techniques. Get the book Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (by Angelo & Cross).
- See examples of classroom assessment techniques from George Washington University's Teaching and Learning Center website.
- Read my blog post: Did They Get It? 5 Formative Assessment Strategies You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less
- Learn more about how to use guided notes to break up your lecture and help students stay organized and on task.
- Join the free Lecture Breakers Facebook group
- Don't miss an episode! Be sure to subscribe to the show!
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